BSc (Hons) Sport And Exercise Science – Year 2: Induction information


Welcome back to Portsmouth. We hope you enjoyed the summer and are excited to start the next year of your degree.

Message from Professor Sherria Hoskins, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science and Health

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you back to the Faculty of Science. Many things about our world are very different at the moment but one thing that hasn't changed is our commitment to giving you a fantastic experience at University.

This year, approximately 1,500 students graduated from one of our programmes. I feel immensely proud that we have made such a significant contribution to the pool of scientists and health practitioners.

Science and health studies represent an adventure of the mind, seeking truth that can make a difference to the world, as we have seen more than ever in recent times. I hope we give you an understanding of how to use your knowledge and an understanding of its intrinsic value to yourselves and others.

I also hope that we inspire you with confidence and curiosity throughout your studies so that you can go on to realise your own vision; to know the world as it is and be able to imagine it as it might be, to glimpse the possibilities of change, of improvement and of your contribution.

Jump to your induction timetable

Staying safe on campus

We’ll have all appropriate safety measures and a few restrictions in place. And every building will be open in line with Government guidance – including teaching spaces, communal spaces, toilets, cafes and the library. For more information about how we're ensuring your safety on campus, head to the 'Campus and city life 2020/21' page.

Due to coronavirus, we've made some changes to teaching to keep you safe. You'll take part in most large teaching sessions online. And any face-to-face teaching will be in small groups with social distancing measures in place. We've set up sanitisation stations across campus, one-way systems in busy areas and protective screens at certain locations.

Due to changing circumstances as a result of the pandemic, we may need to make further changes to courses to ensure your safety and to ensure compliance with Government guidelines. We'll provide you with as much notice as possible of any such changes. Your course leader will inform you of these changes.

International and EU students 

If you're joining us from overseas, find out about our International Orientation events and what you need to do during your first week.

If you can't travel to the UK, or you don't feel safe to travel, your course's first teaching block will be delivered completely online. The majority of Orientation events will also be online, so you'll still be able to get involved in welcome talks and social activities, as well as meet other new students.

Meet your lecturers

During induction week, you'll meet members of your course teaching and administration team, Faculty support staff and other new students. You'll be assigned a personal tutor in your first week, who is an experienced member of academic staff.

Professor Richard Thelwell

Head of the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science

Find out more about Professor Richard Thelwell

Dr Chris Mills 

Associate Head (Academic)

Find out more about Dr Chris Mills

Dr Jenny Burbage 

Associate Head (Students)

Find out more about Dr Jenny Burbage

Welcome from Professor Richard Thelwell, Head of the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science

Welcome back to the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science (SHES) for the next year of your degree study. As you will know from your time with us to date, we aim to maintain our position as a world-leading centre for sport, exercise and health research and teaching within an environment that is inclusive, diverse and supportive for you to achieve your personal level of excellence.

For this year, the start to the academic year will be rather different to what you have previously experienced. Whilst you will continue to have access to, and be supported by, your personal tutor, the teaching for this year will also be slightly different. The necessary changes have also given us an opportunity to reflect on how we can make your study experience even better. For example, although much of our large group teaching (e.g., lectures) will take place on-line this year, there will be extensive face-to-face delivery for small group sessions across all courses.

There will, inevitably, be a need to get used to the new approaches being used but please do liaise with all necessary staff as and when required who will be able to support you throughout your studies.

On behalf of all staff in the School, I’d like to wish you the very best for a successful year.

Your induction timetable

You'll need your student account details to access many of your online induction activities. If you haven't already activated your student account, please activate it now. Your username will consist of 'UP' followed by your student ID number (for example, UP123456).

Log into your Moodle course page

If you're having problems logging into Your Student View, please contact the Service Desk – call +44 023 9284 7777 or email

Monday 5 October

Pre-recorded: Introduction Talk (Prof Richard Thelwell)

View here.

Pre-recorded: Course Meeting - Sport and Exercise Science (Dr Joseph Moore)

Please visit your Moodle page to view.

Tuesday 6 October

Pre-recorded: Careers and Employability (Dr Andrew Scott)

View here.

Wednesday 7 October

10.00am-11.00: Personal tutorials (Face to Face, check MyPort for group and location)

Thursday 8 October

Pre-recorded: Introduction to the Senior Tutor and Tutorial System (Colin Iggleden)

View here.


Keep in mind that event times and locations might change at short notice.

We recommend you bookmark, favourite or save a link to this webpage so you can revisit it before you arrive and when you're on campus.

Further information

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